[LLVMdev] Fwd: GetElementPtr

Ryan Taylor ryta1203 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 16:46:50 PST 2011

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From: Ryan Taylor <ryta1203 at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM
Subject: Re: [LLVMdev] GetElementPtr
To: Eli Friedman <eli.friedman at gmail.com>

So in the second example I gave, why is the pointer type 32 but the index
type is 64?

On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM, Eli Friedman <eli.friedman at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM, Ryan Taylor <ryta1203 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > By LLVM do you mean the backend? I'm not using the backend, so is that
> i32
> > on the 0 index the type of the index value or the type of the value to
> which
> > exists at that index?
> >
> > it seems the pointer itself has no width, it's arbitrary and is handled
> in
> > the lowering and is target dependent on the bus width.
> >
> > Basically, when I am computing offset I need to know the sizes for add.
> The
> > size of the pointer (dedicated by bus width) and the size of the index.
> The size of the index is simply its type.  You would normally
> sign-extend or truncate to the width of a pointer to do arithmetic,
> though.
> You can grab the pointer size from TargetData::getPointerSizeInBits().
> -Eli
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